Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

YMCA Helps Kids in Schools Affected by Heavy June Flooding

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

YMCA Helps Kids in Schools Affected by Heavy June Flooding

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After the June 23 floods led to the consolidation of Elkview Middle School and Herbert Hoover High School, YMCA of Kanawha Valley aquatics and member services director Erin Dydland has had her hands full coordinating a program to help the displaced students. After the flood damage closed Herbert Hoover High School, all high school students attend class at Elkview Middle School. To accommodate all grade levels, the middle schoolers attend class in the morning and leave before high schoolers arrive at noon.

As a solution, the YMCA, Kanawha County Schools and Coonskin Park joined together to provide an afternoon program for the middle schoolers who can't go home after their morning classes end.

Dydland said the program is going well so far: students from West Virginia State University had done a healthy habits of eating lesson with the kids, and other community organizations had helped participate in programs. The YMCA feeds the children lunch, then the children are able to participate in swim lessons, tutoring, archery, swimming and other free play activities at the park. "We appreciate you opening your doors for the kids, Dydland told the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission at its meeting Wednesday

Dydland said about 50 middle school students are using the program, with buses shuttling the students from the middle school to the park and then home at 3 p.m.

About 12 of those families use the YMCA's afterschool program until 6 p.m.

In other board discussion, the Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado has been doing exceptionally well this year, golf committee chairman Dave Pope told the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. He credited the park's success to the new superintendent.

"The new superintendent has done an outstanding job, Pope said.

Jeff Hutchinson, executive director of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission, said he's noticed the parking lot is full on most evenings, with about 50 cars on average. …

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